The Courier of Montgomery County article, “Emails show negotiation of upcoming road bond between county, PAC”, was received detailing potentially unethical activity by “Texas Tea Party Patriots” PAC (President Dr. Julie Turner).
- On July 14th, 4 of the 5 commissioners voted against moving forward on a road bond
- A consultant working for Montgomery county commissioners had numerous meetings with “Texas Tea Party Patriots” PAC leaders
- At the usual monthly meeting held Aug 11th, the commissioners did not discuss a road bond (it was not on the agenda so its discussion could not take place)
- On Aug 24th, a special meeting was held (announced on Aug 21st) in which all the commissioners voted to put a road bond on the November ballot
- The Texas Open Meetings Act has rules against a “walking quorum”: board members discussing business without a public meeting in which the agenda is known, the minutes are recorded, and the public has an opportunity to participate
- Several campaigns have contributed to the “Texas Tea Party Patriots” PAC including one of the Montgomery County commissioners, James Noack, in the amount of $2,200, the county’s District Attorney, Brett Ligon, in the amount of $500, the county’s Attorney, J.D. Lambright, in the amount of $1,100, and another county commissioner, Charlie Riley, in the amount of $250
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